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A Few Facts About Autism

There are many facts that surround autism. With some much information to learn, it is difficult to know where to start. To much information all at once can be overwhelming. Where is the starting point with all this information to process? Parents of children with autism learn quickly where and how to discover the top autism facts. There are also others to consider when learning about autism. An individual who is diagnosed with autism will interact with coaches, teachers, in-laws, or even cousins. All these people need facts about autism in order to be able to interact, understand and connect with the individual in their midst with this disorder.

It is important to understand the basics of autism. The first, being the understanding behind this disorder. The fact that there are varying degrees to this disorder can be the most intriguing yet confusing facts. Comprehending that someone can be mildly affected or severely affected by autism is the best starting point. As this is a “spectrum” disorder there is no way to discern how affected a person can be. It is also important to note that if diagnosed as a child there will be more to expect as the child grows. Symptoms will appear more frequently as the individual matures. Knowing that the picture of the person with autism now you have will look very differently in say five years time.

Understanding that there is a high function form of autism may be just as important. Not assuming that a person with autism can’t function is incorrect. High functioning individuals with autism can hold jobs, hold an education and have social interaction. Knowing the difference of what severity of autism an individual has allows for different method of management.

Medical science is aware there is a disorder, but presently no cure for autism. Several different methods of therapy are available to supply coping methods for individuals who have autism. These therapies are not put in place as a cure, but more as mechanism for coping. There is no cure for autism. That is not to say that an individual with autism who receives this therapy won’t slightly improve, but it will not be a cure.

Autism is a lifelong diagnosis. Once diagnosed, there is no option for that individual to “grow” out the disorder. With early intervention symptoms can decrease rapidly. Even “high functioning” children with autism can be challenging for parents. “Low functioning” autism can be overwhelming to the entire family. Families may be under a great deal of stress and they need all the non- judgmental help they can get from friends, extended family and service providers. Knowing the facts about autism, means knowing there is help available; especially for those who are trying to cope alongside the person who has been diagnosed. One of the facts about autism is that is can be a difficult road for anyone. Seeking help will provide a wealth of knowledge and resource for everyday living. It will also provide a sense a community, knowing there are others battling this disorder.

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